Guy Ritchie (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Sherlock Holmes) has been hired to direct a new rendition of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. A relatively unknown writer by the name of Alex Harakis is attached to write the script.
Ritchie will also produce the film, along with Lionel Wigram and Kevin McCormick. The announcement was made via Deadline Hollywood:
Warner Bros has attached Guy Ritchie to direct a new version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s pirate tale Treasure Island, and has set Alex Harakis to write the script. Ritchie will produce the film with his partner Lionel Wigram and Langley Park’s Kevin McCormick. It was Wigram who originally set up a stylized version of the classic novel, much the way he did Sherlock Holmes, which Ritchie directed. He set it up before he and Ritchie became partners. Their first move after partnering was to take on The Man From U.N.C.L.E., after Steven Soderbergh dropped out of the film.
Guy Ritchie's take on Sherlock Holmes was very entertaining, It only makes sense that he would take on another classic fun-loving novel like Treasure Island. It was fun to read some of Arthur Conan Doyle's novels and short stories to see what Ritchie took from the character and what kind of spin he added himself. Treasure Island should be no different. It's an easy read, so everyone should check it out before going to see this movie. It'll definitely be worth it.